Norwegian Fish Soup from a Packet

Mention fish soup in Singapore and an image of someone on a diet comes to mind. The fish soups we are used to comprise a clear soup with slices of fish, a few greens and perhaps tomatoes. The definition of fish soup in Norway is creamy and filled with seafood goodness, not exactly what you want if you’re on a diet.

This is me, bringing home a piece of Norway through a packet of fish soup. Before you turn your nose up at this processed food, let me tell you, it was delicious! On the downside, this packet cannot be found in Singapore so it’ll be difficult to recreate it.

What I like best about this soup is that it is an amazing base to work from. On its own, it tastes great but there are no substantial chunks of food in it. However, all you need are some bits of seafood and this is as good as a chowder in a restaurant, if I may say so myself. Haha!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut the packet into 800ml of water + 200ml of milk. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the side, I was boiling a potato. Carb lovers, unite! Also, that was the biggest potato I’ve ever bought. The perks of staying near a supermarket, is running to buy ONE potato when you realise there are none at home.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI managed to find some cooked prawns on sale at the supermarket. I plucked off the heads and threw them into the mix. YAS, all that goodness! You can also see the shimeji mushrooms I chopped and threw in.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the prawn bodies, I cut them into pieces and set them aside, as they cook very fast.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFound some mini wong bok so I threw that in too.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI couldn’t take a nice photo of the soup that would do it justice but if you’d take my word for it, the soup was delicious, especially when paired with some crusty bread. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Alas, I had no fish so this dish should actually be called seafood / prawn soup. Haha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of TORO Bergen fish soup
  • 800 ml of water (vann in Norsk)
  • 200 ml of milk (melk in Norsk)
  • Prawns or fish
  • Mushrooms
  • 2 small potatoes or 1 large one
  • Cabbage or 1 mini wong bok

How to cook it:

  • Pour all ingredients into pot
  • Boil for at least 10 minutes or till all ingredients are cooked

Here are some more fish soup- related photos, namely the first time we cooked fish soup in Norway and perhaps the best fish soup I had in Norway, at Brasserie Posten in Geiranger.

The first time we ate fish soup in Norway was at our youth hostel in Flam. From Bergen, we took a train to Myrdal.

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With only moments to spare before the train left

From Myrdal, we took the famous, scenic ride towards Flam. We even saw falling snow!

There was of course, greenery along the way but I was more fascinated with the breathtakingly white landscapes. Imagine living in such a bleak but beautiful landscape.Upon arrival at Flam, we had a very pleasant stay at our youth hostel (pictured below), which had a very well equipped communal kitchen. Here’s the idyllic place we stayed at, so different from my idea of a dingy hostel.And here’s what we cooked. Also, the first time we tried TORO fish soup. This one is from a Lofoten packet. You can see the chunks of salmon, cod and potatoes that we put in to “personalise” our soup. I haven’t tried many fish soups in Norway (AKA fisksuppe), the few times being the packet soups we cooked at our Airbnb apartments, a roadside stall at the train station and at another restaurant where we didn’t really enjoy the food in general. However, I think the fish soup at Brasserie Posten was probably the best I’ve had. Pictured below, it was infused with beer and mussel stock too! Yummers. The photo, of course, does not do it any justice.The interior of Brasserie Posten. Me thinks their lamps look like Japanese Matcha whisks/stirrers.Dessert that we shared. Brown cheese ice cream! raspberry sorbet (refreshingly tart) and liquorice ice cream, which was a lot nicer than we expected.brasserie posten ice creamWhen you look outside, this is the view you get. There are a couple of souvenir shops in the area, a joker supermarket, a chocolate shop (with very kind staff) and a Tourist Information centre.Said chocolate shop. The robin egg blue hue is very eye catching. I liked the apple chocolate. Their best seller is the brown cheese chocolate.fordnaer chocolateAnd if you do visit Geiranger, here’s a map that costs 5NOK (~85 cents) but the guy at the tourist information counter said we could take a photo of it for free so that’s what I did.Geiranger town map

That’s all for fish soup from Norway!

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